November, 2020Work is well underway on strengthening two of Arrowtowns most iconic
historic gems, which are now under cover.
Early last month work started on the Lakes District Museums massive
seismic-strengthening project the last bit of funding needed came
from the Central Lakes Trust by way of a $426,000 grant thatll be used
to upgrade the internal displays.
Director David Clarke says getting the last bit of money had been
It wouldve never happened without Covid.
When we got the council money [a $1.04 million grant as part of the
annual plan] everyone said, thats great.
I said, theres still $2.5m to get.
The government followed suit and granted $2m in May, which enabled
planning proper to start.
Its just miraculous we got the rest of it.
Starting work: The historic Lakes District Museum, which dates back to
1875, will be the first cab off the rank for seismic strengthening, with
work starting next week
The way it was going, we were going to have to fundraise all of that on
our own, Clarke says.
Were so grateful to get it going.
Work on the museum, which dates back to 1875, will take a year to
During that time its being tented and parks outside it, on Wiltshire
Street, will need to be temporarily removed.
Along with the strengthening work, focused on the former Bank of New
Zealand building and stables which house the museum, the building will
also be restored.
Across the road, The Fork and Tap is also getting ready to seismic-
strengthen its main historic building, which dates back to 1874.
Owner Jeannie Crawford says the total cost of the projects likely to be
Theyre applying for funding to cover the costs at the moment.
Passion project: The Fork and Tap, built in 1874, will undergo a three-
month seismic strengthening project from February, but will stay open
Itll take the main building out of action itll also go under a tent
for about three months from February.
But itll only shut for one day to shift the bar to the den to create
an exciting, new pop-up bar, next to the courtyard.
The kitchen and bathrooms will remain operational throughout, she
says, but the parks on that side of Wiltshire St will also have to be
removed for a bit.
Both the museum and The Fork and Tap projects are employing local
companies, from engineers and architects through to the builders.
Thats very much our priority, Crawford says.
Were not outsourcing.
Clarke: Were doing it because its our duty to do it its the strategic
intersection of Arrowtown, its where people love to sit at the pub and
look at whats going on, and theyll
have these two significant buildings restored.
Youll see tents over these two buildings and there will be disruption,
but its all for the better.
Crawford, whos owned the building for nine years, says you dont
purchase an historic building without the love for it.
Its a passion project.
Were doing it to protect whats iconic in Arrowtowns history.
Source: Mountain Scene
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